Sub-4 meter compact SUV segment is without any doubt one of the most competitive car segment in India. We have several manufacturers in this segment. The segment consists of cars like Maruti Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Ford EcoSport, Honda WR-V and recently launched Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger. Kia Sonet is one of the popular SUV in the segment which got launched in the market last year. It became popular in a short span of time because of its looks and features. Here we have a video where owner of a Kia Sonet HTX iMT version shares his experience with the vehicle after completing 10,000 kms.
The video has been uploaded by Fly Rish on his YouTube channel. In this video, vlogger who is also the owner the Kia Sonet HTX iMT shares his experience while he is driving on mountain roads. As this is the HTX variant, Kia offers decent amount of features with the SUV. It gets LED DRL, LED headlamps and tail lamps, alloy wheels and so on. He mentions that he opted for iMT because of heavy city traffic and so far he does not regret the decision.
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The iMT gives him the freedom to select the gear in which he wants to drive without getting tired pressing the clutch pedal in city traffic. When the video was being shot, vlogger was driving on mountain roads and he says that the car is performing pretty well. He has not encountered any issues in terms of performance so far.
In terms of space, Kia Sonet is offering decent amount of space in the second row and boot. Some of them have been complaining about the space in the second row but, vlogger found it sufficient and says he an easily seat 5 passengers at the rear. Another feature that he liked in the car was the sunroof, it is decently large and gives cabin an airy feel. AC vents are available for rear passengers which comes as an added advantage in North Indian summers.
The steering is quite light which vlogger found convenient for his style of driving. Vlogger started his trip from Delhi and he mentions that after driving it for over 500 kms in mix driving conditions, the Sonet was showing him a fuel economy of around 13 kmpl which is good. Vlogger is happy with the ride quality, NVH levels and handling of the Kia Sonet. He does not mention anything about the vehicle that he thought could have been improved. He says that the iMT has really impressed him and HTX trim is actually a value for money version.
Kia Sonet is available with three engine options. There is a 1.2 litre naturally aspirated engine with manual gearbox. A 1.5 litre turbo diesel engine with both manual and automatic gearbox option and a 1.0 litre, three cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine which comes with iMT and a DCT gearbox. The 1.0 litre turbo petrol engine generates 120 Ps and 172 Nm of peak torque. This is the same engine that is also doing duties in Hyundai Venue and all-new i20.
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